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Mardi Himal Trek – 11 Days

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  • 11 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 4500m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Pokhara sightseeing and boating in Phewa lake
  • Spectacular of Annapurna south 7219 Meters, Himchuli 6400 meters, Fishtail 6,993 Meters, Annapurna III 7455 Meters, Gangapurna and many other mountains peak
  • Experiencing real trekking and the lifestyle of people of a different culture in a short time
  • One of the Best route with cascades, Suspension Bridge, Small villages and Majestic Mountains.
  • Hiking up to 4500 meters
  • Walking through the top of the ridge along with the off-the-beaten-path of the Annapurna Region

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Overview of Mardi Himal Trek

The 11-day Mardi Himal is one of the most popular trekking trails for adventurers and enthusiasts. This up-to-date trekking route offers a spectacular view of gigantic mountains and their diverse culture. Despite being off the beaten trail and a less traversed route, one must work hard to resist the charm of the Mardi Himal Trek.

The trek rewards us with exquisite views of the traditional villages, where indigenous people reside with their own distinct culture, fast-flowing white river’s tempting views, giant gorge walls, blue sky, and marvellous mountains. The region is a lush green forest of rhododendrons, pines, oak, pine, sisal, and many more. The thick forest is home to many wild animals. If we get lucky, we might have an encounter with a few.

You will see gigantic mountains like Hiunchuli 6441 meters, Annapurna South 7219 meters, Fishtail 6997 meters, Annapurna III, Madi Himal 5587 meters, Annapurna IV, and Gangapurna up close to your eyes. You’ll be left mesmerised by the view of the massive Mount Fishtail, 6997 Meters from Mardi Himal Base Camp. The entire Annapurna range of mountains and valleys is visible from the base camp.

This untouched route of Mardi Himal is moderately easy yet lets you be acquainted with the stunning mountain views. This trek allows the trekkers to experience different aspects of nature and culture in a very short time.

Mardi Himal Location

Mardi Himal is another beautiful mountain located in the Annapurna region. It lies at an altitude of 5,587 meters below the much more popular Macchapuchare Himal. The distance between Mardi Himal and Macchapuchare is over 5200m. The history of Mardi Himal is prevalent. At first, only a few people knew about the Mardi Himal and its location as most of them were only fascinated with Everest, Annapurna, and Macchapuchare; however, in 1961, Basil Goodfellow became the first climber to summit Mardi Himal.

The Mardi Himal trek was opened at the beginning of 2012. After the commercialisation of the trekking route of Mardi Himal started, many tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses began to spread, making the area favourable for tourists and trekkers who are not only local but also from Western countries.

The teahouses are now open at an altitude of 3550m, but to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you have to climb up to an elevation of over 4500m. The peak of the Mardi Himal can be included in any trekking package as it has been recognised as the trekking peak. Hence, ever since the start of the Mardi Himal trek, thousands of trekkers worldwide have visited the amazing place, and many continue to visit and explore the fantastic attractions around the region.

So if you want to know more about the best tourist attractions around Mardi Himal Trek, you have come to the right place, so let’s begin.

Major Attractions of Mardi Himal Trek

Cultural and Natural Diversity

Mardi Himal Trek is filled with cultural and natural diversity from the brim from the start to the end of the trek. The trekking destination is primarily famous for its panoramic landscapes and rich biodiversity. The trek continues to surprise trekkers once it gets going as you wander through incredible waterfalls, green hills, and pine and rhododendron forests in the company of rare flora and fauna.

The Mardi Himal trek raises the importance of cultural diversity as it is a famous sacred site for Buddhists and Hindus. There are various ethnic groups like Gurungs, Chettri’s Hindus, and Magars are living together in harmony and diversity.

Traditional Villages and Welcoming Hospitality

The Mardi Himal Trek starts from the city lights of Lake Side Pokhara. When you ascend towards Mardi Himal, you will come across various small settlements, villages, and rest towns where you will see people with different cultures and traditions, and almost anyone you meet in these villages is very polite and helpful.

Some traditional villages you will come across are Landruk, Phedi, Pathana, Sidhing, and others that reflect the cultures and traditions passed down through the generations.

Exquisite Views of Mountains

The Mardi Himal trek is loved by all trekkers and tourists from local areas to foreign countries, but they are even more appreciated by mountain and hill lovers. The Mardi Himal trikes to higher elevation hills, to lower level barren landscapes, and then treks you to the high mountains again. Some amazing mountain views during the Mardi Himal Trek are Annapurna South, Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, etc.

Trekking Difficulty

Mardi Himal Trek falls in the moderate trek difficulty. Still, it is easy compared to other trekking destinations in the Annapurna region like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, Macchapuchare Base Camp Trek, and others. This trek is generally eligible for every trekker, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You also don’t need any experience for Mardi Himal Trek, but if the trek is easy for some, it can be difficult for others. The Trek difficulty is determined by several factors, which we will discuss below.

Altitude Sickness

The significant difficulty that can be unavoidable during the Mardi Himal Trek is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness arises suddenly whenever you are in a higher altitude but it has been recorded that it starts from an altitude of 3000m and more elevated. Altitude sickness is possible since you have to climb over 4000m.

The symptoms of altitude sickness are similar to the common cold, such as fever, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, lack of stamina, heavy breathing, and back and foot pain. To prevent altitude sickness, you must keep your body warm, so you should wear hot wollen clothes and drink hot drinks with lemon, ginger, and honey. Honey, especially, is crucial to keep the body warm.

It is also advisable to prepare for altitude sickness by buying medicine such as dexamethasone and nifedipine, which will give instant relief if your body shows signs of the illness. Ultimately, the treatment of altitude sickness is to acclimatise to the climate, take plenty of rest while trekking and climbing high elevations, and, in the case of an emergency, lower your altitude immediately.

Constant Walking

Apart from Altitude Sickness, the trekkers commonly face another trek difficulty: extreme fatigue. The fatigue is simply because the trekker has to walk relentlessly for 6-7 hours each day for 8 to 9 days regularly. Furthermore, the trekking path could be smoother and pitched; instead, you have to climb up and down, walk on curvy paths which can be slippery, and have to also climb stars with over 3000 to 3400 steps. Furthermore, the Mardi Himal treks you to a remote, isolated location where you travel from teahouse to teahouse, meaning you will have a simple place to rest with basic beds. After the tiring day of the walk, you will get less comfort in the simple teahouse beds so that the next day will be even more challenging.

Hence, the only way to remove this difficulty is by preparing for the trek early. You must also be physically fit, and your stamina and endurance level must be above average to have strength for a relentless trekking journey in the mountains.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal at the only international airport in the country. From there, you’ll be transported to your hotel. Freshen up before meeting the company representative to get briefings on the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary. The company guide will suggest a few sites to visit and things to do based on available time. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

After having breakfast, you will be going on a guided city tour. The tour will be for 4-5 hours and you will see UNESCO-enlisted world heritage sites of Kathmandu. In the evening you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and Prepare for your Trek.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (7 hours drive)

Today, we leave for Pokhara early in the morning. The bus leaves at 7 am from Sorakhutte. We will pass by the rivers, terraced farms, and motels by the side of the road. Pokhara is the gateway of any trek in the Annapurna region and is also known as the city of the lakes.

We get a magnificent view of mountains like Manaslu, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and the five peaks of Annapurna; Annapurna south (7219m), Annapurna I (8091), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m). In the evening you can take a stroll around Phewa lake.

Day 4Drive to Kande (1 hour) and trek Trek to Deurali 2200m (4 hours walk)

After relaxing breakfast in Pokhara, we will drive to Kande. We will reach Kande in 1 hour, and start our trek from Kande at an elevation of 1770 meters. We then reach Australian Base Camp (2100m) after 1.5 hours of walking uphill. The trail is easy from Australian Base Camp, from there it is a gradual walk to Deurali. Deurali is the final destination for today, we will be staying in a tea house lodge for the night.

Day 5Trek to Low Camp (2900m) 6-7 hours

After having a warm breakfast, we take off the beaten trekking route to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail is quiet and has a dense forest of oak, maple, rhododendron, and many more. The forest is home to numerous flora and fauna. After walking for 4 hours, we will reach Kokar, where we will be having our lunch. We then continue walking to the low camp. We will reach our destination of the day, Low camp after 2-3 hours of walking. We will be staying in Low camp.

Day 6Trek to High Camp (3150m) 4-5 hours

We start our day with a warm breakfast at the low camp and start walking uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. The forest is thinner and full of shrubs and bushes. You’ll be able to see the Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountain towards the west. I get lucky, we’ll also be able to Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. We will be staying in a lodge at a high camp.

Day 7Mardi Himal Base Camp(4500m), return to High Camp

Today, we wake up early in the morning and leave for Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail to the upper viewpoint is a narrow ridge. The Shangri la of the Himalayas seen from here is impeccable and astonishing. We will be rewarded with the view of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. After spending some time in the base camp, we return back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

Day 8Trek to Sidhing 1750m, 5-6 hours

We start the day with breakfast and start walking towards Sidhing. Sidhing is a traditional Nepali village where you can see Nepali culture, tradition, and norms very much alive. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll be staying in a homestay. You will be able to experience a typical Nepali lifestyle in a village. Overnight at Homestay at Sidhing.

Day 9Sidhing to Pokhara 2-3 hours trek and 2 hours drive

Today is the last day of our trek. After having our last breakfast in the mountains, we descend from Sidhing through the village of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre we catch a bus or jeep to Pokhara. We will spend the rest of the day in Pokhara, we can do boating in Phewa Lake or we can fly to Kathmandu

Day 10Return to Kathmandu

Today we return to the capital city of the country. Our representative will take you to your hotel. You can take the whole day off or even, check out some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.

Day 11Final Departure

After 10 days of a marvelous trekking journey to explore the Mardi Himal, it’s time to head home or to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

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Additional Information

Accommodations During the Mardi Himal Trek

The accommodations during the Mardi Himal Trek are based on where you are. You can easily find three-star hotels in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, but if you start climbing the remote places, you must stay in the local teahouses. The teahouse services are limited to one room and two to three beds, so you must share your room with other trekkers. The teahouse will provide thick blankets, bedsheets, mattresses, pillows, etc., to make your night warm and cosy as the temperature will decrease to zero degrees.

The room in your teahouse will most likely have an attached bathroom, but you must share your bathroom with other trekkers, and it’s a similar case with a sink as well. You will always have cold running water, but you must request hot drinking or hot water for the shower.

FAQs

Do you need a permit for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Trekking Mardi Himal: TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

What kind of rare animals can be found in Mardi Himal Trek?

Some rare animals in Mardi Himal Trek are Wolves, Musk Deer, Snow leopards, and Red Pandas.

Can I take drones to the Mardi Himal Trek?

You can only take drones to the trekking area if you have permission from Department of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (not necessary for UAVs less than 2 kg and below 200 ft from ground level)

Can I get a shower during the trek?

Yes, you can shower during the trek, but you might have to pay extra if you need hot water in some accommodation, such as a teahouse or a hotel.

Which is the best season for Mardi Himal Trek?

The best season for Mardi Himal Trek is generally spring and autumn, but it is not advised to go during winter and monsoon season.

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